Advanced Formation Evaluation

Program Objectives


This comprehensive advanced course is designed to provide solid understanding of the most commonly used open-hole logs and Core analysis techniques. Participants will gain the foundation, experience and techniques to read and interpret each log for evaluating reservoir parameters such as lithology, porosity and saturation. Participants will learn how to analyze a log suite and come up with interpretation and suggestions through extensive exercises and team work. Throughout the course, instructor(s) will encourage students to perform hands-on calculations of petrophysical properties using illustrative examples. Participants will learn:
  • Core analysis techniques and significance of measured properties 
  • Introduction to logging and geologic understanding through well logs 
  • Drill Stem testing fundamentals 
  • Objectives and principles of production logging and formation testing 
  • Advanced log analysis techniques for complex reservoirs 
  • Shale gas analysis techniques
Course Outline
Day 1
  • Determination of reservoir properties using core analysis 
    • Coring techniques 
    • Basic rock properties measured from cores and measurement principles 
    • Interpretation of basic rock properties 
    • Special core analysis 
    • Permeability, wettability: concepts and measurement 
    • Petrographic studies 
Day 2
  • Petrophysical aspects of formation evaluation 
    • Basic geologic logging: Sources of data and significance 
    • Rock mineralogy and log responses 
    • Sandstone reservoir properties 
    • Carbonate reservoir properties


Day 3
  • Drill Stem Testing 
    • Operation and tools used in Drill stem testing 
  • Production logging 
    • Objectives, flow measurements and fluid typing 
  • Wireline formation testing 
    • Operating principles of Formation testing tools 
    • Buildup analysis 
    • Productivity estimation 
Day 4
  • Advanced log analysis techniques
    • Fracture detection with well logs 
    • Abnormal pressure identification 
    • Lithology identification in complex reservoirs 
  • Shale Gas: An Introduction 
Day 5
  • More Shale gas Techniques
    • Multimineral solutions for shale mineralogy 
    • Case study using Spreadsheet analysis 
  • Dipmeter interpretation 
  • Drilling, completion and workover aspects of formation evaluation 
  • Final exam